The-Hollywood-Jazz-Orchestra

CHARLEY HARRISON: CONDUCTOR/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Charley Harrison, composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and guitarist, is the Inaugural Conductor of The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra. He has also been the Director of the UCLA Jazz Orchestra since 2004.

Harrison’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by some of the biggest names in jazz including: Kenny Burrell, Clark Terry, Marcus Miller, Freddy Cole, Kurt Elling, Cedar Walton, Joe Williams, The Count Basie Orchestra, and The Audio Network. Harrison’s 2006 CD, Keeping My Composure, received critical acclaim, and appeared on the JazzWeek radio charts for 13 consecutive weeks.

Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Harrison worked as a composer and orchestrator on several film projects after spending 10 years working as a composer/producer in Chicago’s advertising community where he created music for such clients as McDonalds and The Chicago White Sox.


DAVID PAYNE: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Started his career as a stage-hand at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, along with Cameron Mackintosh, who went on to produce “Les Miserables”, “Cats”, “Phantom of the Opera” amongst others.

Staged his first concert in 1967 at a 2500 seater West End Theatre, with Annie Ross, Larry Adler, Ron Moody, and the cast of “Hello Dolly” Produced and Directed a number of Plays in England and the United States. Worked with Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court, Globe Playhouse. Produced Movies. Went into hibernation. Became close friends with Jazz Great, Buddy Collette. Re-formed The Buddy Collette Big Band, and played concerts in the Los Angeles area. Staged concerts with Barbara Morrison, Linda Hopkins, John Mayall, Ernie Andrews, Poncho Sanchez.


DIRECTORS

(in alphabetical order)

LES BENEDICT

Les Benedict has a B.S. in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Hawaii. Les performed on Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii, the first world-wide live television broadcast and an RCA quintuple platinum double album. He’s performed or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Bette Midler, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey and many others. He played on the Grammy-winning album with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra and on several Grammy-nominated recordings. Les played tuba with the 50th Grammy Orchestra. His California Gold Rush Band performed on the soundtracks of Ken Burns’ Thomas Jefferson and Baseball., and he has played with numerous symphony orchestras.

Les performs on Michael Rath Trombones and Terry Warburton mouthpieces, and endorses the LefreQue acoustic bridge.


CLAYTON CAMERON

Clayton Cameron is known as a dynamic drummer who has also experimented and perfected the art of brush technique. Clayton has toured with Sammy Davis Jr., and Tony Bennett, as well as other legends of the Jazz World, including George Shearing, Joe Pass, and Joe Williams. During Clayton’s time with Tony Bennett the group performed with many great artists including Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Sting, Mariah Carey, Brandy, The Back Street Boys, James Taylor, K.D.Lang, Elvis Costello, and Ricky Martin. Clayton has created a ground-breaking book on the elusive art of brush playing, entitled Brushworks. You can hear his masterful work on his 2012 CD Here’s to the Messengers, A Tribute to Art Blakey.


KATY HABER

Katy Haber has worked in the film and television industries for over fifty years, working with Sam Peckinpah on 8 of his films, including STRAW DOGS, THE GETAWAY, PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID, and CROSS OF IRON, and with Michael Cimino on THE DEERHUNTER and THE SICILIAN, co-producing BLADE RUNNER with Sir Ridley Scott. She is also a founding member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) where she served on the board for 23 years and the BAFTA COUNCIL for 4 years.

Katy has received numerous awards for her services to the Los Angeles community, including the Martin Luther King “Keeper of the Dream” Award from the City of West Hollywood, an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire, and in 2012 she was awarded an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Queen, in her native England for her contribution to the arts and sciences and working with charitable and welfare organizations.


PAMELA HUNTOON

Pamela is an effective public engagement professional with 20 plus years of experience in local community outreach, awareness-raising. and mobilization. As an empathetic and creative public servant, she has dedicated her career to ensuring that Los Angeles’ most vulnerable citizens and families can fully access government services, arts, education, and community resources. Pamela served as Arts and Education Deputy for Council-woman Jan Perry (Ret), City of Los Angeles, for 15 years. Currently she is consulting in government work, elections, human resources and community events. Pamela is a second generation Angelino, UCLA alumnus, and lifelong learner. She has served on over 12 non profit boards in various capacities.